In recent days, there has been a surge in reported cases of persistent cough, fever, and flu-like symptoms across the nation. The cause of this outbreak is believed to be the H3N2 subtype of the influenza virus, which is known to cause more hospitalizations than other strains of the flu. Like other types of influenza viruses, H3N2 primarily spreads through droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking.
The virus can also be transmitted through contact with contaminated surfaces, such as door handles, tables, or keyboards. Symptoms of H3N2 influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people may also experience vomiting and diarrhea, although these symptoms are more common in children. It is important to be safe from H3N2 because it can lead to a range of respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, and fatigue.
In addition to these symptoms, H3N2 can also cause complications such as pneumonia, which can be life-threatening, especially for those who are already at risk. In some cases, H3N2 can also lead to other serious health conditions such as heart. We need to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes washing your hands frequently, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and staying home if you are feeling unwell.
If you do become ill with H3N2 influenza, it is important to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take over-the-counter medications to relieve your symptoms. However, it is important to note that antibiotics are generally not effective against the flu, as it is a viral infection and not a bacterial one. In fact, taking antibiotics unnecessarily can lead to antibiotic resistance, which can make it harder to treat bacterial infections in the future. The same about anti-biotic resistance is said by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
If your symptoms are severe or if you are at a higher risk for complications from the flu (such as pregnant women, young children, and older adults), you should seek medical attention. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications, which can help to reduce the severity and duration of your illness.